Virtual Tour of
"Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna:
Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance
Harmoni-cor by Louis Julien Jaulin, Paris, ca. 1859
NMM 3893. Harmoni-cor by Louis Julien Jaulin, Paris, ca. 1859. Although this particular instrument was patented after 1848, it's been included in the exhibition as one more example of the wide-spread interest in free-reeds - so prevalent during the 19th century - that perhaps can be attributed to commercial interests anxious to produce instruments that could be played by individuals who might not otherwise have the time or the interest to learn how to play more traditional offerings. The musical instrument business was apparently a lucrative, though highly competitive industry in the 19th century, with countless patents approved and patent fights often found in the courtrooms, both in France and elsewhere. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.
Source: André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), pp. 24 and 71.